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Who We Are

The Farmland Access Hub works to increase farmland access for beginning farmers in the Upper Midwest. Designed and co-created by a broad group of stakeholders, the Hub was launched in 2017 through a Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant secured by Renewing the Countryside. The Hub has since been supported with additional funding from USDA as well as foundations and businesses. Initially composed of 16 entities, there are now 26 Partners in the Hub. As connections within our network deepen, our impact increases. Partners of the Hub commit to directing beginning farmers to the resources of the Hub, being actively engaged, and offering their expertise and resources in assisting beginning farmers. 

The Farmland Access Hub encompasses a large network of agricultural organizations, policymakers, advocates, and service providers who are working together to solve the issue of land access. Hub partners are exploring alternative land-access models, working to influence policy changes, and developing farmland access programs, including the Farmland Access Navigator Program, which pairs land-seeking farmers with an advocate who can provide mentorship and resources, and “navigate” them through their land access journey. The Hub is also committed to providing landowners with transition planning and help.


Navigators are assigned to land-seeking clients to help assess readiness, offer support, and provide resources to help emerging farmers reach their land ownership or rental goals. Many Navigators have their own land access story, so not only do they understand the struggle, they are aware of the many resources available to young and beginning farmers.

The Farmland Access Hub encompasses a large network of partners. See who they are!

Hub Staff and Navigators

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